Messrs. Herrity and Groat presented the Flour-Daniel proposal for improving the Route 28 corridor that is currently under evaluation by VDOT and the Route 28 Corridor Tax District Land Owners. Two proposals were submitted, this one consisting of constructing the necessary grade-separated interchanges and adding two additional HOT lanes to Route 28's existing six-lanes.
The High Occupancy / Toll (HOT) lanes would be in the median of the highway separated from the main lanes by a two-foot lane divider with plastic markers to discourage cross traffic but yet still allow emergency access.
The competing proposal would also build the necessary interchanges but just expand the highway to 10-lanes without adding HOT lanes. The evaluation of the two proposals should be complete by the end of April.
The HOT lanes would be free to High Occupancy vehicles (carpools and buses) while other vehicles would pay a surcharge that would be paid electronically (using a smart-tag device or it itself) or by having a photograph of the vehicle's license taken and a bill sent to the associated address. The charge associated with non-smart-tag-like use would be higher because of the associated billing costs. The HOT lanes would start north of I66 and extend just south of the Dulles Access/Toll Road interchange, where Route 28 would have an eight-lane configuration. North of the interchange the HOT lanes would start again, ending at the Route 7 interchange. At this time no intermediate entrances to the HOT lanes are proposed, but if the VDOT or the Smithsonian are willing to contribute additional funding, there might be direct access from the HOT lanes to the currently under construction Air and Space Museum extension at Dulles Airport.
The committee took the following position on the propsed development:
This resolution was provided to the Hunter Mill District Land Use Committee.
Jeffrey M. Parnes
Chair, Sully District Council
Land Use and Transportation Committee